Mount Saint Vincent - Pediatric Behavioral Health

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Outpatient Treatment

Mount Saint Vincent’s Outpatient Therapy program provides individualized therapeutic services to children and adolescents ages two to 18, along with their families. Our therapists are highly trained in a variety of modalities including play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Services are provided in the office, or through telehealth (when appropriate) to meet the needs of busy families. We will work with the parents and young person to set goals, identify strategies and set realistic timelines. Mount Saint Vincent believes in the importance of partnering with both the child and the parents to ensure the best outcomes.

For more information about this program, including how to access services, call (303) 318-1758.


Mount Saint Vincent's Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) program is an evidence-based behavioral intervention training for children and their parents, foster parents, and caregivers. The program focuses on decreasing challenging child behavior problems, increasing child social skills and cooperation, and improving the parent-child attachment relationship. Caregivers and therapists work together to manage challenging child behaviors, promoting healthy family functioning.

PCIT teaches parents traditional play-therapy skills as social reinforcers of positive child behavior and traditional behavior management skills to decrease negative child behavior. Parents are taught and practice these skills with their children in a playroom while coached by a therapist. The coaching provides parents with immediate feedback on their new skills, enabling them to apply them correctly and master them rapidly.

Therapists observe and video children and caregivers in play therapy situations, with the therapists offering the parents coaching via two-way communication tools. Through this coaching and reviewing videoed play therapy, parents are coached and learn the various techniques that will help their child reduce disruptive behaviors or problematic child-parent relationship issues.

PCIT is time-unlimited; families remain in treatment until parents have mastered the treatment skills and rate their child's behavior within normal limits on a standardized measure of child behavior. Therefore treatment length varies but averages about 14 weeks, with hour-long weekly sessions.

For more information about this program, call (303) 318-1758.

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